The House of Silk

A Sherlock Holmes Novel
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The House of Silk
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It is 1890. A year after Holmes's death, Watson--now in a retirement home--narrates a tale of Sherlockian detection that could tear apart the very fabric of society. The story opens with a train robbery in Boston, and moves to the innocuous setting of Wimbledon.

Hachette Book Group
For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Once again, THE GAME'S AFOOT...

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.

Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase-the House of Silk-a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes. Destined to become an instant classic, The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world's greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print...until now.

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With approval from the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a best-selling novelist and Sherlock Holmes expert brings the greatest detective in literary history back to life on Baker Street for the first time since 1930.
With approval from the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a best-selling novelist and Sherlock Holmes expert brings the greatest detective in literary history back to life on Baker Street for the first time since 1930. 200,000 first printing.

Authors: Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-
Statement of Responsibility: Anthony Horowitz
Title: The house of silk
a Sherlock Holmes novel
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject Headings: Holmes, Sherlock Fiction Watson, John H. (Fictitious character) Fiction Private investigators England Fiction London (England) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Watson, John H. (Fictitious character)
Private investigators
LCCN: 2011030839
ISBN: 9780316196994
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY H
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A retired Dr. Watson takes up his pen to tell the tale of a Holmes case that has remained secret for years. This is the first new Sherlock Holmes novel to receive official authorization from the Conan Doyle estate.

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Mar 20, 2014
  • gvenkatesh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Arthur Conan Doyle purists may not like this one but it is an excellent novel on its own with a gripping and engaging flow. If you expect the equivalent of a "tribute band" clone (a la Brit Floyd), you might be disappointed. The author captures the style and narrative of the original Sherlock Holmes without trying to be a clone sort of like how the post-Ian Fleming versions of James Bond were based on the original. It deviates with its darker plot and content that would be too risque for Doyle and so is not suitable for younger readers unlike the originals.

Feb 06, 2014
  • gloryb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A talented writer of the thriller genre set in different time periods and countries, Anthony Horowitz always provides a good read. I thought he captured Doyle's style of writing very well. I loved the touch of a white book marker...a string of silk perhaps. Suitable book for teens.

Some of you say its not a Sherlock Holmes novel... Why do you think its called a re-make??

Jan 04, 2013
  • dixiedog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book while listening to the book on CD. The book is about corruption and murder in London. I recommend ‘The House of Silk’ to mature teenagers and adult readers but due to some of the issues exposed in this book I do not recommend it for readers under 17 years of age. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Dec 17, 2012
  • ADMETRIC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. One of the better pastiche I have read. I did not guess the ending and thought it was rather well done.

It is stated that the Doyle Estate approved this book. I see why after reading it.

It is a fast read. Large type, too.

Nov 17, 2012
  • Lanny213 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have read only one other Sherlock Holmes books so this was a great re-introduction. Good read.

Aug 12, 2012
  • shapjul rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I'm quite inclined to agree with the points made by stuvw27. Perhaps this is a decent mystery, but it's not really Sherlock Holmes. If you approach it with that in mind, it might be fun. But I think the felt need to make it be a Sherlock Holmes story is an impediment. There are all these intrusive bits where Holmes says things like "I see you are recently returned from X and have a small dog and left home this AM without breakfast, etc." But when it comes to the real key moments the Holmes character actually goes in instinct or hunch, which was an anathema to the real Holmes.

Because I took it as a Holmes story I was quite disappointed--even annoyed. If I'd just taken it as a Victorian mystery it might have been better--hence my rating.

Apr 16, 2012
  • BakerStreetIrregular rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

As a fan of Conan Doyle's original Holmes stories, I was nervous at first about reading a Sherlock Holmes novel written by someone else. The novel itself was thoroughly enjoyable, however the amount of grammatical errors was rather annoying.

Apr 03, 2012
  • emerge rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent. I can see why the estate has sanctioned this book as it captures not only the relationship between Holmes & Watson but the atmospheric London of the time. People who feel the need to pick apart every phrase & compare it endlessly to a work by Conan Doyle are missing the point....he's gone. But through Horowitz, we can once again enjoy a cracking good read featuring our favourite detective. It's a convoluted mystery with many shady characters & almost no one is whom they purport to be. As with many original Holmes stories, I was kicking myself for what I'd missed when Holmes finally explained his deductions. A horrendous conspiracy is revealed but it is the journey to the finish that keeps you turning the pages. Bravo to Horowitz for having the courage to take on such an icon ( and rabid fan base).

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Oct 02, 2012
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Jun 20, 2013
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‘I really don’t know what to think, Mr Holmes,’ Lestrade muttered. ‘Well, that’s nothing new.


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